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How to: BlackBerry 8800 Keyboard Shortcuts

March 14th, 2007

BlackBerry 8800 Keyboard Shortcuts We have compiled a list of common BlackBerry keyboard shortcuts for the new BlackBerry 8800. The image to the right (click to enlarge) details the 8800′s keypad and its functions.


Basic Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used in many applications:

  • To move the cursor, roll the trackball.
  • To exit a screen or to move to a previous page in a browser, press the Escape key.
  • To move to a list item or menu item, type the first letter of the item.
  • To select or clear a check box, click the Space key.
  • To view available values in a field, press the Alt key.
  • To switch applications, hold the Alt key and press the Escape key. Continue holding the Alt key and select an application. Release the Alt key.
  • To return to the Home screen, press the End key.
  • To delete a highlighted item, press the Backspace/Delete key.
  • To turn on a theme or notification profile, select a theme or notification profile, then press the Space key.

Phone Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used in the Phone application or during a phone call:

  • To answer a phone call, press the Send key.
  • To view the contact list, hold the Send key.
  • To insert a plus sign ( + ) when typing a phone number, hold 0.
  • To add an extension to a phone number, press the Alt key and the X key, then type the extension number.
  • To assign a speed dial number to a key, from the Home screen or in the Phone application, hold the key you want to assign. Type the phone number.
  • To turn on the speakerphone during a call, press the Speakerphone key.
  • To turn off the speakerphone during a call, press the Speakerphone key.
  • To check your voice mail, hold 1.
  • To type a letter in a phone number field, press the Alt key and the letter.
  • To move to the top of the Phone screen, press the Space key.
  • To view the last phone number that you typed, press the Space key and the Enter key. Press the Send key to dial the number.

Message Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used in a message:

  • To reply to a message, press R.
  • To reply to all, press L.
  • To forward a message, press F.
  • To file a highlighted email message, press I.
  • To view the email address of a contact, in a message, highlight the contact. Press Q. To view the display name again, press Q.

The following shortcuts can be used in a message list:

  • To open a higlighted message, press the Enter key.
  • To compose a message from the message list, press C.
  • To mark a message as opened or unopened, press the Alt key and U.
  • To view received messages, press the Alt key and I.
  • To view sent messages, press the Alt key and O.
  • To view voice mail messages, press the Alt key and V.
  • To view Short Message Service (SMS) text messages, press the Alt key and S.
  • To view call logs, press the Alt key and P.
  • To view all your messages again, press the Escape key.

The following shortcuts can be used to move around a message list:

  • To move to the top of a screen, press the Shift key and the Space key.
  • To move to the bottom of a screen, press the Space key.
  • To move to the top of a message list, press T.
  • To move to the bottom of a message list, press B.
  • To move to the next date, press N.
  • To move to the previous date, press P.
  • To move to the next unopened item, press U.
  • To move to the next related message, press J.
  • To move to the previous related message, press K.

Typing Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used when typing text in an application:

  • To insert a period, press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized.
  • To capitalize a letter, hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears.
  • To type the alternate character on a key, press the Alt key and the character key.
  • To type an accented or special character, hold the letter key and roll the trackball to the left or right. For example, to type ü, hold U and roll the trackball to the left until ü appears. Release the letter key when the accented or special character appears.
  • To type a number in a number field, press a number key. You do not need to press the Alt key.
  • To type a number in a password field, hold the Alt key and press the number key.
  • To turn on NUM lock, press the Alt key and the Left Shift key.
  • To turn on CAP lock, press the Alt key and the Right Shift key.
  • To turn off NUM lock or CAP lock, press the Shift key.
  • To switch typing input languages, on the Language screen, verify that the Use Input Language Shortcut field is set to Yes. Hold the Alt key and press the Enter key. Continue to hold the Alt key and highlight a language. Release the Alt key.

The following shortcuts can be used to Insert symbols:

  • To insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field, press the Space key.
  • To type a symbol, press the Symbol key. Type the letter that appears below the symbol.

The following shortcuts can be used to work with text:

  • To highlight a line of text, press the Shift key and roll the trackball.
  • To highlight text character by character, hold the Shift key and roll the trackball left or right.
  • To cancel a text selection, press the Escape key.
  • To cut highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and the Backspace/Delete key.
  • To copy highlighted text when typing, press the Alt key and click the trackball.
  • To paste highlighted text when typing, press the Shift key and click the trackball.

Search Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used when searching in an application:

  • To search for a contact in a list of contacts, type the contact name or initials separated by a space.
  • To search for text in a message or memo, press S.
  • To search for text in an attachment or web page, press F.
  • To search for text in a presentation attachment, verify that you are viewing the presentation in text view or in text and slide view. Press F.

Attachment Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used when viewing attachments:

  • To search for text in an attachment, press F.
  • To move to the last cursor position after closing and reopening an attachment, press G.

The following shortcuts can be used in a spreadsheet:

  • To move to a specific cell, press G.
  • To view the content of a cell, press the Space key.
  • To switch worksheets, press V. Highlight a worksheet. Press the Enter key.
  • To view hidden columns or rows, press H.
  • To hide the columns or rows again, press H.

The following shortcuts can be used in a presentation:

  • To switch presentation views, press M.
  • To move to the next slide, press N.
  • To move to the previous slide, press P.
  • To move to the last cursor position after closing and reopening a presentation attachment, verify that you are viewing the presentation in text view or in text and slide view. Press G.

Browser Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used in the browser applications:

  • To insert a period (.) in the Go To dialog box, press the Space key.
  • To insert a slash mark (/) in the Go To dialog box, press the Shift key and the Space key.
  • To open the browser options, in the browser, press O.
  • To stop loading a web page, press the Escape key.
  • To hide the browser, press D.
  • To close the browser, hold the Escape key.

The following shortcuts can be used on a web page:

  • To move to a specific web page, press G.
  • To return to the home page, press H.
  • To open the bookmark list, press K.
  • To add a bookmark, press A.
  • To view a list of web pages that you have visited recently, press I.
  • To refresh a web page, press R.
  • To view the address for a link, highlight a link. Press L.
  • To view the address for a web page, press P.
  • To save a web page to a message list, press S.
  • To follow a highlighted link, press the Enter key.
  • To hide the banner, press U.
  • To view the banner again, press U.
  • To view a thumbnail version of a web page, press X. To return to the normal view, press any key.

The following shortcuts can be used to navigate a web page:

  • To move forward a screen, press the Shift key and the Space key.
  • To move to a previous screen, press the Space key.
  • To move to the top of a web page, press T.
  • To move to the bottom of a web page, press B.

Media Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used in the Media application:

  • To pause a video or song, press the Mute key.
  • To resume playing a video or song, press the Mute key.
  • To rotate a picture, press R.
  • To zoom in to a picture, press I.
  • To zoom out from a picture, press O.
  • To zoom to the original picture size, press W.

Maps Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used in the Maps application:

  • To zoom in to a map, press I.
  • To zoom out from a map, press O.
  • To view the status information at the top of a map, press U. To hide the status information at the top of a map, press U again.
  • To switch views, press the Space key.

Calendar Shortcuts
The following shortcuts can be used in the Calendar Day view:
Note: To allow shortcuts in Day view, in the Calendar options, set the Enable Quick Entry field to No.

  • To schedule an appointment, press C.
  • To change to Agenda view, press A.
  • To change to Day view, press D.
  • To change to Week view, press W.
  • To change to Month view, press M.
  • To move to the next day, week, or month, press the Space key.
  • To move to the previous day, week, or month, press the Shift key and the Space key.
  • To move to the current date, press T.
  • To move to a specific date, press G.

20 Comments

  1. RobertSeattle Says:

    Great list – thanks. I’ve been looking for the equivalent of F5 in the browser view and the utterly simple “R” escaped me…

  2. Joe Says:

    Hi. Great list, thanks!

    I was wondering if there is a keyboard shortcut to lock the keyboard like I had in my 5700 and like there is in the Pearl? I cannot find one if there is. If not, that is dumb, it is easy to do, they should have added one or should add one.

  3. Dan Says:

    Hey Joe… to lock it hit “Alt + Enter” then to unlock “* (star) then Send”

    I have been looking for a shortcut to compose an sms. Can’t seem to find one. Anyone?

    Great list guys!!

  4. dominic Says:

    that does not work. It flashes the language screen and that is all.

  5. marissa Says:

    press and hold the mute button (top right). You will enter standby mode.

  6. Adrian Says:

    Its not alt AND enter, its alt THEN enter

  7. ememjammer Says:

    So I was off work and surfing and found this place and thought I would join up. I don’t have much more to say right now except I need to start reading some of the older posts to get up to speed before I can start posting.

    Em

  8. wim Says:

    Hi
    hope someone can help me: suddenly, during typing, my keys and scrolling-ball do not click anymore. in the menu it is all switched on. cannot find a solution. many thanks in advance.

  9. gennnniiikk Says:

    Hi

    Bye

  10. Jennderela Says:

    Can someone tell me how to insert a picture into text messaging? I have the 8100.

  11. Julie Says:

    I have a Blackberry Curve 8800 and I’m trying to figure out what the shortcut is to lock the keypad. I tried Alt and Enter and it pulls up the language option. Then I tried Alt THEN Enter and that doesn’t do anything except choose the option that the mouse is pointing to.

    Any ideas? It’s really a pain to not have figured this out and I can’t find it anywhere on the internet. I can’t imagine that this phone would not have a shortcut to lock the phone??

  12. Julie Says:

    You can delete my above comment. I figured it out by programing the side convenient keys to lock the keyboard. Thanks.

  13. Jeff Says:

    Julie, Can you tell me how you did that? (Program side buttons to lock/unlock keyboard)

    Thanks!

  14. Brian Says:

    Hey – I got it on how to lock the keyboard with a key combination.

    You first have to turn off the input language shortcut by going to Settings >> Options >> Language, and change the “Use Input Language Shortcut” to No. Then, you can use Alt – Enter to lock the keyboard.

  15. Brian Says:

    Oh – and on the side button thing? Go to Settings >> Screen Keyboard, and scroll down to “Convenience Key Opens” and change it to whatever application you want.

  16. Chris Says:

    no option for only one key to unlock?

  17. livio Says:

    hello, please, can you tell me how can i lock the keyboard? when i keep it in the pocket.. :) thank you

  18. george Says:

    you guys are bunch of smarty pants.

    Now my phone locks up tighter than two coast of paint.

    cool !

  19. Bruce W. Says:

    Hi everyone,

    I actually have several question for BlackBerry 8800 and hope anyone could help me out with this:

    1. I’d like to enable “Suretype” option, hence the “multiTap” option is rather irritating than helpfull
    2. the option ‘Language’ is no more available in the “Options” menu, since I tried on the switch language shortcut “ALT + Enter” and affirmed that it should not show me again of enabling this option by the very first time

    Urgence!!!

    Thanks

  20. Cole Says:

    I get a ton of email. I would like to find a shortcut to mass delete it, or to highlight many or several to be deleted all at the same time. Possible?

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